As much as I agree that Ake, Piatek and Loftus-Cheek are ideas of fantasy (mainly because the 3 of them would cost north of £100m and would have no interest in playing for us, even more so after this season), you yourself are overstating how close Smalling is to moving to Roma. Roma have very very little money. They can’t afford to buy him permanently. Their current offer is another season on loan and then an ‘option’ to sign him in a year for £13m and it’s widely reported that United have rejected that out of hand. So perhaps that’s the part @With A Smile does in fact understand? Although I do think an issue with Smalling for a club like us, is that it would be a lot of money for a player of his age - both in fee and wages. I expect he’s on 100k at least. Would be a good candidate as a new captain however if for some reason it did happen - which it won’t. Cahill is the player we really should have moved for 12 months ago.